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NJPW G1 Climax 29 Finals Review: Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White

Kota Ibushi vs. Jay WhiteShow: NJPW G1 Climax 29 
Location: Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan
Date: Sunday August 11, 2019

Clark Connors & Karl Fredericks vs. Ren Narita & Yota Tsuji Fredericks delivered a running crossbody. Fredericks delivered a Spinebuster to Narita as Connors followed with a spear for a near fall. Narita delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Tsuji and Connors exchanged strikes. Connors delivered a spear and then placed Tsuji in a Boston Crab and got the submission win. 

  • WINNERS: Clark Connors & Karl Fredericks via Submission (⭐️⭐️ 1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine match as everyone looked good

Lance Archer, Taichi (w/Miho Abe) & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Jeff Cobb, Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask Liger delivered a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to Taichi. Tiger delivered a Tiger Driver to Taichi. Archer walked the ropes and delivered a reverse moonsault to Cobb and then delivered a Pounce. Kanemaru and Taichi delivered a combo Buzzsaw Kick/Shining Wizard to Cobb. Kanemaru went for Deep Impact but Cobb caught him and delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Kanemaru went for a Sunset Flip but Cobb countered by delivering  Tour of the Islands for the win.

  • WINNERS: Jeff Cobb, Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fun match and a good showcase for both Archer and Cobb)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay, SHO & YOH vs. Chase Owens, Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi Yujiro delivered a sliding leg drop but YOH kicked out. SHO delivered a spear but Owens responded with a rebound lariat. Ospreay delivered Pip Pip Cheerio but Yujiro kicked out. Ishimori delivered a double knees in the corner, Owens followed with a Shining Wizard and Yujiro followed with a Fisherman’s Buster but Ospreay kicked out. Ospreay delivered a Hook Kick to Yujiro as SHO and YOH delivered stereo flip dives to Ishimori and Owens. Ospreay delivered the Storm Breaker to Yujiro for the win. 

  • WINNERS: Will Ospreay, SHO & YOH (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fun match and a strong showcase for Ospreay heading into the Super J-Cup)

IWGP US Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley & Shota Umino vs. Juice Robinson & Toa Henare Moxley delivered strikes to Juice in the corner. Umino delivered a sliding dropkick but Juice kicked out. Moxley delivered a Dragon Screw and then applied a Half Crab but Juice grabbed the ropes. Juice delivered Juice Box to Moxley. Umino delivered a suplex but Henare kicked out. They went for Hart Attack but Juice delivered a spear to Moxley and followed with a plancha. Henare delivered a running Rugby Tackle but Umino kicked out. Umino delivered a bridging German Suplex but Henare kicked out. Henare delivered the Toa Bottom for the win.

[Post Match] Juice and Moxley had a stare off. Moxley attacked Juice with the US Title and gave Henare a Death Rider. Moxley delivered a Uranage send Juice crashing through the table.

  • WINNERS: Toa Henare and Juice Robinson (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fun match as everyone worked hard. The post-match angle was good as it should set up a US Championship match between Juice and Moxley at some point)

IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI vs. Hirooki Goto, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano – Taguchi delivered a hip attack to EVIL. SANADA placed Yano in the Paradise Lock on the floor. Naito delivered a pair of dropkicks to Taguchi. There was a cool spot as Taguchi delivered a stereo DDT to Naito and a reverse DDT to BUSHI. Goto delivered a backdrop suplex but Shingo kicked out. Goto and Shingo exchanged forearm smashes. Goto delivered an Ushigorishi to SANADA. Honma delivered Kokeshi to SANADA. BUSHI and Naito delivered a stereo low dropkick too Makabe. SANADA delivered a TKO but Honma kicked out. SANADA delivered Muta Moonsault to Honma for the win.

  • WINNERS: SANADA, Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, EVIL & BUSHI (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fun match as everyone worked hard and a good showcase for LIJ)

NEVER Openweight Champion Tomohiro Ishii, KENTA & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Bad Luck Fale & IWGP Tag Team Champions Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (w/Jado) YOSHI delivered a running blockbuster to Fale. Fale delivered an elbow drop but YOSHI kicked out. Loa and Tonga delivered a combo springboard clothesline/German suplex to YOSHI but Ishii broke the count. Loa and Ishii exchanged shoulder tackles. Loa delivered a Running Powerslam but Ishii kicked out. Ishii delivered a German suplex to Loa. Ishii went to make a tag but KENTA walked off the ring apron. Fale delivered a spear as Tonga followed with Frog Splash to Ishii but YOSHI broke the count. Tonga delivered the Gun Stun to YOSHI. Tonga went for Gun Stun but Ishii countered with a backdrop suplex. Ishii delivered a suplex to Fale which got a big reaction. KENTA entered the ring, delivered a Buizuki Knee and a GTS to Ishii. Tonga pinned Ishii and got the win.

[Post Match] Bullet Club went to give the “Two Sweet but YOSHI stopped them. Bullet Club attacked YOSHI. They attacked Connors and Fredericks who were KENTA’s partners in the G-1 and are part of the LA Dojo. KENTA asked for mic but Katsuyori Shibata ran down and attacked KENTA as the place was going wild. Shibata attacked Loa and Tonga who were sent flying. Shibata delivered a running boot and followed with a stalling dropkick to KENTA in the corner. Shibata applied a Sleeper, went for the PK but Jado whacked him with a Kendo Stick which got thunderous boos. KENTA placed Shibata in a Sleeper and then gave him a PK. KENTA sat crosslegged on Shibata which got even louder boos and then left with the Bullet Club. 

  • WINNERS: Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Bad Luck Fale (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fun match as everyone looked solid. The bigger story is the post-match angle with KENTA officially turning heel and joining the Bullet Club. This was really well done and was awesome see Shibata get in some action and deliver all his signature spots. Wonder if this could lead to a possible match. Shibata must be really high on KENTA for putting him over in this huge angle)

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr. – Sabre applied a head scissors but Tanahashi countered into a Surfboard. Tanahashi delivered a reverse crossbody. There was a cool spot as Sabre and Suzuki placed both Okada and Tanahashi in stereo armbar. Sabre and Suzuki placed Tanahashi in a stereo armbar/knee bar combo. Tanahashi delivered a Dragon Screw to Sabre. Okada delivered a DDT to Sabre for a near fall. Sabre applied a modified Octopus and then delivered an overhead kick to Okada. Suzuki delivered a PK but Okada kicked out. Okada delivered a neck breaker too Suzuki. Sabre applied an Octopus but Tanahashi countered by delivering a Twist-and-Shout. Tanahashi delivered a Slingblade but Suzuki broke the count. Tanahashi went for the High Fly Flow but Sabre got his knees up and applied a Triangle Hold. Tanahashi applied a reverse bridge for a near fall. Sabre delivered a PK. Okada delivered a Woo dropkick and a Diving Elbow Drop to Suzuki. Okada delivered forearms but Suzuki no-sold it. Suzuki avoided a dropkick and delivered a PK. Suzuki went for the Rear-Naked Choke but Tanahashi made the save by delivering a pair of Slingblades to Sabre and Suzuki. Tanahashi delivered a plancha to Sabre on the floor. There was a cool spot as Suzuki delivered a tilt-a-whirl and then transitioned into a Rear-Naked Choke. Tanahashi went for the save but Sabre appeared and applied a flying Kimura. Suzuki delivered a Gotch Piledriver and pinned Okada.

[Post Match] Suzuki noted that Okada lost to someone who wasn’t in the G-1 and noted it’s all part of his plan. Suzuki told Okada he wants the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Suzuki noted that NJPW won’t skip over him again and noted he’s the king of Pro Wrestling.

  • WINNER: Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr. (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a terrific tag match as there were some great transitions and the finish was unexpected but very good as it should lead to IWGP Championship match between Okada and Suzuki)

NJPW G1 Climax 29 Final Match: Jay White (w/Gedo) vs. Kota Ibushi – Gedo tried to grab Ibushi’s ankle but Red Shoes stopped him. Red Shoes tossed Gedo from the match which got a big reaction. Ibushi delivered a flying kick and followed with a dropkick. Ibushi went for Golden Triangle but White stopped him and wrapped his leg around the guardrail. White suplex Ibushi into the turnbuckle for a near fall. Ibushi went for hurricanrana but White caught him and delivered a Dragon Screw. Ibushi delivered a hurricanrana. Ibushi delivered a powerslam and followed with a middle rope moonsault for a near fall. Ibushi delivered quick strikes and followed with a standing moonsault. Ibushi went for a reverse double knee moonsault but White moved as his knees buckled. White delivered a DDT and a shin breaker. White delivered a Blade Buster but Ibushi kicked out. White went for a chop block but Ibushi countered with a double stomp. White delivered a Flatliner and followed with a release German suplex. White delivered a top rope Superplex. White went for the Kiwi Crusher but Ibushi countered by delivering a Crunchy. Ibushi and White exchanged forearm strikes. White delivered a Uranage Slam and followed with a Kiwi Crusher but Ibushi kicked out. Ibushi blocked a Sleeper Suplex and delivered a Dragon Suplex. White avoided a long-dart and sent Ibushi into Red Shoes. White delivered a low blow as the crowd booed. Gedo came out as crowd booed even louder. White delivered a chop block. Gedo held Ibushi’s leg as White whacked him with a chair. White delivered an inverted Dragon Screw. White applied a reverse Figure-4-Leg Lock but Ibushi crawled and grabbed the ropes. Ibushi blocked a Sleeper Suplex and delivered a backflip kick and then long-darted White into the turnbuckle. Ibushi delivered a Swandive German Suplex but White kicked out. White delivered a palm strike but Ibushi no-sold it and responded by delivering rapid fire palm strikes. Ibushi delivered a Last Ride Powerbomb but White kicked out. Ibushi did Shinsuke Nakamura’sYeah Oh!” pose went for Bomb Ye but White purposely collapsed. White caused a distraction as Gedo entered the ring. Gedo went to attack Ibushi with the Brass Knuckles but Ibushi responded with a Hook Kick. White delivered a Sleeper Suplex but Ibushi no-sold it and delivered a Bomb Ye. Rocky Romero left the commentary table and pulled Gedo from the ring. Ibushi delivered a Bomb Ye but White kicked out. Ibushi delivered a pair of Hook Kicks. Ibushi went for the Kamigoye Knee but White countered by delivering the Blade Runner but couldn’t made the cover. There was a great spot as Ibushi delivered a straightjacket German suplex, maintained wrist control but White countered by delivering a pair of Sleeper Suplex. White delivered a Brainbuster, went for a Blade Runner but Ibushi countered by delivering a triple jumping knees. Ibushi delivered a Kamoigoye Knee but White kicked out for a great near fall. Ibushi delivered a second Kamigoye Knee and won the G1 Climax 29.

[Post Match] Ibushi noted this G-1 has been the most important month. Ibushi noted he made to the finals last year but lost. Ibushi noted he won this year and couldn’t be more happier. Ibushi noted this is about all the participants that took part in the G-1. Ibushi noted we are going to tear up the wrestling world and told everyone to come with him.

  • WINNER: Kota Ibushi wins the G1 Climax 29 (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was excellent as they told a fantastic story throughout the match. White is an excellent wrestler and plays the best heel in pro wrestling. Ibushi was just sensational thoughtout the match as he did an awesome job selling his leg throughout the match and his facial reactions was awesome. This was just an excellent match to wrap up an awesome G-1 29 Climax)

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